Mind Capsules – The Ultimates #9 and Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! #8

The Ultimates #9
The Ultimates #9

Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Kenneth Rocafort, Djibail Morissette
Colours – Dan Brown
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino

There is an air of mystery and conspiracy in this issue thanks to Al Ewing, but also one of hope, or so it seems anyway. These mysterious government agents that were recently introduced are still present and continuing to monitor the activities of arguably, the greatest team of heroes in the Marvel Universe. Why these agents are so interested is a strange thing, but one could argue that even the most powerful of teams could use a little oversight and how apt with this book being a tie-in to Civil War II. The bulk of the story deals with our heroes solving yet another impossible task by bringing the Infinaut into our universe without any ill side effects, something that Adam Brashear was unable to do previously. It is a good tale that Ewing spins for after all the tragedy of late, the team needs a win. There is a little bit of drama as Brashear has words with Captain Marvel over the use of Ulysses’ visions and how he refuses to be a party to any missions that result in murder. Carol of course agrees, but there is now a crack in the foundation of the trust between them. Hopefully that crack does not widen any further before all is said and done in Marvel’s current big event. Ewing’s latest effort is a solid one though it feels like a placeholder between what happened previously and whatever is going to happen next. It is not a bad thing, but the title has been consistently batting them out of the park with every book that this almost seems like a wasted opportunity to do another big story. The ending does promise interesting things ahead for our heroes, so there is that and with Ewing behind the helm, interesting does not even come close to describing what it might be. With some good artwork from Djibail Morissette and Kenneth Rocafort, the story is illustrated perfectly, though the two styles clash immensely and it would have been nice to see one artist illustrate the book fully or at the very least, get two artists together that were not so jarring. All in all it was a good book, but it will be nice once Civil War II is over and things get back on track.

4 out of 5

Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! #8
Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! #8

Writer – Kate Leth
Artist – Brittney L. Williams
Colours – Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

There are a lot of people that Patsy could consider friends – the Avengers, the Defenders, her ex Daimon Hellstrom, even Hedy, but there are few that she considers very close or of the best kind. Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk is one such person and when Patsy hears that she has been injured, she rushes to her side even if she has to break into S.H.I.E.L.D. to do so. Though every issue of this series has been good and a pure joy to read, this book stands out just a bit more due to the absence of the normally abundant humour. It might seem a little strange to say so, after all it is what the book is most known for, but yes, Kate Leth takes a route that is a little more serious than usual as the tale warrants it. That is not to say that it remains all business for the duration of the book, there is some of Leth’s patented humour present and it is just as funny as ever, if a little sombre. Aside from the what is happening currently, the story takes a trip into the past courtesy of Patsy’s flashback and it finds her thinking of times past with Jen and wondering if she will be all right. What is nice to see is just how much characterization Leth injects into our heroine. We have seen a lot of funny with Patsy, a little anger and more than a little annoyance, but we have not seen too much of her caring or agonizing and it is a side that makes her all the more human. Making this story come to life is Brittney L. Williams back on pencils once again and with a little help from Rachelle Rosenberg, makes it a thing of beauty. The artwork might seem a little on the cartoonish side but it only seems as such when the script warrants it, otherwise you rarely notice. Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! is a truly fantastic title on all counts and should be on everyone’s reading list as it truly deserves to be so.

4 out of 5

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